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The Bookstore

3.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,060 Ratings  ·  818 Reviews
A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Gallery Books
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I have no clue why I finished this book. I did it though. I always feel guilty if I don't make it through an ARC so I guess that prodded me on.
The main character Esme..good grief. The woman is living in New York working on her PHD for Gawd's sake. You think she would have a brain in her head. She does not even come close. Let that man walk all over you sister..while you whine that you love him. Make me sick.

I so wanted to just say walk away from his ass. You can raise a baby. Quit giving women
Nov 26, 2013 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I read this advanced copy sent to the store I work at. A free book does not a great review make.

Oh, boy. I wanted to love it. I work in a bookstore, so I was looking forward to quirky customer stories, and odd coworker stories, and finding a family of fellow booklovers who will bolster Esme and support her through her pregnancy until the doodlehead boyfriend comes to his senses.

Yeah, well, NO.

Esme seemed sweet. Impressionable, yes, a bit naive, yes, but not dumb. Cambridge and Columbia for art h
Jul 08, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My taste in books is varied, preferring literary fiction most of the time, but I do partake in reading two or three chick-lit books a year. Sometimes I find them shallow and silly, but every once in awhile I find a character I fall in love with… Esme, the 23-year-old, British transplant seeking her PhD in art history at Columbia, is definitely one of those characters. She’s intelligent (she would have to be to capture a full scholarship at Columbia), but young and terribly naïve in the ways of t ...more
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Nov 24, 2013 Lyndsey O'Halloran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
When I saw this one on NetGalley I thought it would be the perfect book for me. As a lover of books and quirky old book shops, I was instantly interested in finding out more about one set in New York. This was a really strange book from beginning to end. At points, I really struggled to keep going and was tempted to put it down but the strangeness is what kept me going. I wanted to find out how much more ridiculous it could get.

I just could not get my head around how stupid protagonist Esme was.
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
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I managed to do with this book something I haven't been able to achieve in a very long time...reading the whole thing in one uninterrupted sitting. Yes, it was that good and engaging. And it's a debut novel, so kudos to this British author for finding her distinctive voice and her way to my 'bookworm heart' at her first release. The Bookstore had several features that appealed to my reader's sensitivity: the int
Jul 23, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, galley
So. I don't usually read books that involve pregnancy, childbirth or kids, but the summary for this book intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot.

I probably should have stuck to my rule.

I liked Esme, until she went back on her original decision and became that woman who said she'd do one thing and then turned around and did the opposite. I realize love blinds you to a person's faults, but there's only so many times I can stick with a person's decision before it just becomes moronic. Unfortun
This is, hands down, the worst book I've read this year. That's saying something, given how picky I am. The only (maybe) positive thing about the book is that I'm not the target audience. As usual I got suckered in by the promise of a book about books. And I didn't think that a single mom-to-be making it alone would hurt. How wrong I was!

There's nothing really right with the book. Not even the title. The Bookstore Doormat would have been more appropriate. There's a pregnant woman, and the man sh
Anita Baião
Sep 21, 2013 Anita Baião rated it it was ok
I feel real sympathy for the author after reading her Goodreads profile and her interview in the end of the book.

However I felt that this book is trying to push itself away from chicklit just by dropping a huge array names that the majority of readers has not heard of in an attempt to look smart. When that happens, most of the readers don't understand the references (which are actually very smart indeed) and are not able to connect with Esmee or the other characters.

Esmee is doing her PhD, I can
Oct 04, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it
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Aly is so frigging bored
Aug 06, 2013 Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: *sigh* the cover
Shelves: contemporary
ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Gallery Books

Unfortunately I DNFd this book. The blurb sounded great: a woman who moved to New York City to write her PHD and through a series of unfortunate circumstances she starts working in a used bookstore. I expected quirky and sweet. That wasn’t what I got…

The heroine bordered on the Mary Sue type, she just let her idiot older boyfriend walk all over her and I didn’t have the patience to see if she wised up. The writing style was more about telling then showi
Jun 10, 2014 Keetha added it
A better title would have been, "A Twenty-Three Year Old Art Student at Columbia Gets Pregnant by a Guy Who Is a Caricature of a Complete Jerk, and She Remains in Love With Him For No Discernible Reason Until He Dumps Her for a Second Time, at Which Point She Has the Baby and Realizes Real Love Was Right in Front of Her Eyes in the Form of a Sensitive Guitar-Playing Co-Worker at the Bookstore Where They Both Work."

George, who owned the bookstore, was the most interesting person in the book.
May 28, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
A wonderful ode to books and New York
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler is a wonderful ode to books, bookshops and New York. Like all good authors Meyler has included plenty of her life experiences and loves and especially a love for New York City. A born and bred Mancunian who after Oxford and St Andrews Universities lived out in New York a city she fell in love with and that comes through in the novel.

Esme Garland our protagonist in the story is a 23 year old art history graduate of the world fam
Christine D.
Jul 29, 2013 Christine D. rated it it was ok
Centralized on womanhood and books, The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler focuses on Esme Garland, a British student studying in New York who finds herself in a quagmire - pregnant and jilted. Dejected by Mitchell van Leuvenher blue-blooded boyfriend, Esme resorts to working in quaint bookstore, The Owl. Though she finds solace in the microcosm the bookstore provides, Esme has a lot to consider. Whether it is keeping the baby or giving Mitchell a second chance, readers see the various choices that Esm ...more
Mar 20, 2015 O rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at page 75 of 352.

This was so boring to me. I literally kept nodding off. The writing to me was overwrought, boring, and the character of Esme had no substance to her at all. Reading about a young woman who seems hell bent on staying with a man that does not love her and her trying to force a relationship on him was just not interesting.
Olga Godim
Apr 08, 2014 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: mainstream
I’m usually leery of literary novels, but this one was about a bookstore, at least according to the title. I’m a book lover. I had to read it. Was it really about a bookstore? No. Was it literary? Oh, yes. And like with many literary novels, I’m a bit confused in my impressions. I can’t say that I loved it and I can’t say that I didn’t. Somewhere in between.
The plotline is straightforward. Esme, the protagonist, is studying on a scholarship at Columbia University for her PhD in art history when
Chris N
Jul 24, 2013 Chris N rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I really wanted to like this book, I really did after reading quite a few good reviews about it but I just couldn't.

I will be honest and say I did not finish this book. I got tired of having to Google so many people to know who and what Esme was talking about, that, and my dictionary got a good work out. The sections talking about artists for Esme's PhD thesis made my eyes glaze over and the fact that Esme was supposed to be an extremely intelligent individual she was so naive about so many thin
Allen Michie
Dec 17, 2013 Allen Michie rated it it was amazing
“The Bookstore” is a novel with a powerful emotional honesty that is at turns hilarious, uncomfortable, and deeply moving. Deborah Meyler has created a heroine in Esme Garland who sees a spectrum of New York life, from the starving homeless to the arrogant New England aristocracy, through observant eyes and an intuitive heart.

Of course Esme doesn’t always make the best decisions. It wouldn’t be much of a novel if she did. Readers looking for a flawless, reason-based trajectory from dating to ma
Mary Ronan Drew
Sep 23, 2013 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it
Esme Garland is studying art history at Columbia and falling in love with New York City. She has her undergraduate degree from Oxford, and has mastered that very English trait of making allusions to literature at all times and in all places. (Did you catch that one?)

Early in her visit to study in the US she meets and falls in love with Mitchell van Leuven, wealthy scion of old New York society. She accidentally becomes pregnant but before she gets a chance to tell Mitchell about it he breaks up
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I imagine there are few avid readers who could pass up a book set in a bookstore and the Owl is the type of store many wish would exist on their block.

"The store is narrow, about ten feet across, with a central staircase leading to a mezzanine. There are books on both sides of the stairway, in ever more precarious piles, and it is a hardy customer who will pick her way carefully up the stairs to the dusty stacks beyond. Downstairs is a tumble of books that I sometimes surreptitiously straighten
May 01, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
The Bookstore
Deborah Meyler

My" in a nutshell" summary...

A young woman, an sort of a bit older man, a bookstore and a baby...a formula for complicated lives...

My thoughts after reading this book...

My thoughts are warm and fuzzy after reading this book. It was lovely...and took place in my favorite city...NYC! Esme is British and is in NYC working on her PHD at Columbia. She meets and falls in love with Mitchell...Mitchell is older, wealthy, secretive, cold and I knew from the start that Esme ne
Elizabeth Drake

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Cover Impressions: This cover is very pretty and I am loving that there is just a hint of cleavage (nothing distasteful).

The Bookstore is the story of a young woman who escapes England for the excitement of New York. While completing her degree, she meets and falls in love with a suave and wealthy man. When she finds herself pregnant and jilted, she takes a job at a local bookstore and contemplates the path that her life has t
Sep 18, 2015 Cuoricina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Che dire? Bellissimo. Trasmette l'amore per i libri, è coinvolgente, intrigante, scritto bene, mette voglia di rifugiarsi in libreria.
La Fenice Book
Ho iniziato la lettura pochi giorni fa e felice come una bambina ho sfiorato le pagine e la copertina ammaliata. Appena ho letto la trama, ho abbracciato con occhi genuini questo scritto. Era una favola moderna, che mi ispirava e mi teneva stretto il cuore. miei cari, perché c'è un storia è debole, scarna e povera, molto povera. Il racconto utilizza termini che a me già dall'inizio non piacciono, non che io sia una "bigotta" ma cos'è quel termine "scopare" in un libro come quest
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Devo dire con sincerità che questo romanzo è stato una vera lotta! Il mio amore incondizionato per La Civetta e la mia curiosità (per fortuna) hanno vinto sulla voglia di buttare conto il muro il libro ogni qual volta la faccia di Mitchell usciva fuori. L’ho odiato dal primo istante fino all’ultima parola da lui pronunciata, e ancora di più il mio istinto di Lettrice Omicida si scagliava pesantemente contro Esme che, nonostante
Jun 28, 2013 Shawn rated it liked it
This benefits from my Debut Novel Star Bump, otherwise I would have given it two stars. I liked the writing style, which lent to it being a story that moved along at a clipped jaunt. A decent effort as debuts go, if a little formulaic. In fact, it felt very much as if the author felt she had to do certain, specific things in order for the story to move forward. For example, the main character's boyfriend/baby's daddy had to be the sardonic, wandering-eyed, "old monied" jerk. Or, the prospective ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Knitme23 rated it really liked it
At last, at last: a book I had low/no expectations for that delighted and surprised me! I really liked The Bookstore. It looks like a feel good/chick lit/pick it up at Target fluff number, but it's thoughtful, well written, funny, and full of interesting, original portraits of people, some horrifying and some decent and humane. I started noting cringe-inducing lines, but I ended up noting lovely references to other works of literature, unusual turns of phrase, insightful statements. Meyler's voi ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gallery Books and Edelweiss.)
20-something Esme from England is living in a studio apartment in New York while she does her PhD in Art History at Columbia University when she finds out that she is pregnant.
Callously dumped by her boyfriend because the sex wasn’t good, Esme decides to not even both telling him about the baby, but unfortunately he finds out anyway and tries to talk her into an abortion, wh
Aug 13, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
The Bookstore, by Deborah Meyler
3.5 stars

Smart, studious young Esme is living in New York, studying at Columbia. She falls in love, and then learns to navigate the stormy seas of a relationship while trying to hold onto her Self. The bookstore she works at becomes her emotional home base, and where she finds unexpected but real friends.

I loved the plot. I liked experiencing Esme figuring out her life against the backdrop of her figuring out New York living.

The writing enchanted me. Meyler use
Jul 08, 2013 Shelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley-arc

This is going to be a relatively short review, mostly because I had such a hard time with this book. I think that there is a real audience out there for this book, I just don't know that I fit into that group. I wanted to love it so much, I just didn't... I was totally taken by the title and the cover art is just beautiful. I love the romantic notion of working in a little bookstore in New York City. Honestly, that would be my dream job!

This wasn't an easy read for me, it took me almost a week t
Nov 28, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
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I was born in the grim but friendly north, in Manchester, within sight and hearing and inhalation distance of the M62, one of the busiest motorways in the country. You can also see the Pennine hills from my bedroom window, which is still my bedroom window because my mum still lives there.

Things ticked along merrily for 17 years and then I went to Trinity College, Oxford. I chose it because the ph
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“Used books,” as if someone else has had the best of them and you get the sere husk, or the lees, as if a book isn’t the one thing, the one product, that is forever new. There’s no such thing as a used book. Or there’s no such thing as a book if it’s not being used.” 6 likes
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